Harold J. Shakespeare

Posted: Sunday, January 09, 2011

Longtime Juneau resident Harold J. Shakespeare died unexpectedly on Dec. 18, 2010. He was 76.

He was born April 25, 1934, to Richard and Francis Shakespeare. He was raised in Tropic, Utah, where he was very active in sports including basketball, high jump and running. After graduating from high school, he headed to California, where he worked as a house painter. He built two duplexes and a house in San Bernadino, Calif. There he met his future bride, Helen Steidley. They were married on Nov. 24, 1954 and had two sons, John and Michael.

In the spring of 1960, the family moved to Juneau, where Harold worked for his father-in-law. A few years later, he started his own painting business, Reliable Painting and Decorating. The business lasted until Harold again began construction, building duplexes in the Lemon Creek area, Shakespeare’s Apartments, and forming Shakespeare Construction.

He divorced in 1971.

His family wrote: “Later in life, he slowed down but continued to be active, building and destroying various things in his shop. That was his social area, where all his old and young cronies would meet and settle world problems.”

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Francis Shakespeare; his brother John Shakespeare; and his sisters Viola, Minerva, Delphi, Laura, Elsie, Thella, Louise and Getta.

He is survived by his two sons, John Harold and Michael Paul; grandchildren Trisha, Ben, Trevor, Jessica, Julie, Jeremy and Jennifer; and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his nephew Deloy and wife Karen Dutton.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Alaska Memorial Park Chapel.

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